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Boston City Council passes rent control measure.

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Boston City Council passes rent control measure.

A mayor-backed plan to rein in spiking rents in Boston cleared a major hurdle when the City Council passed a rent-control measure last week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The plan, which has numerous exemptions, ties rent increases to inflation, with a cap at 10 percent, according to the outlet. The plan doesn’t cover small landlords and buildings that are less than 15 years old, which together comprise about 45 percent of Boston’s rental units, WBUR said, citing city data.

The plan, which the council passed 11-2, also includes a for-cause eviction measure, the Journal reported.

Approval still needed from State House to become law.

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